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Commentary: the Linux Foundation and the future of Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on April 14, 2008 07:26 PM
Here are some requirements. Let's see how "Desktop" and "Server" users differ:

1. OS does not crash.

Desktop and Server users both dislike it when their system crashes.

2. Goes real fast.

Desktop and server users both like the OS to run applications quickly.

3. Use less power.

Corporate data centers run up enormous electriity bills. Server users like it when the OS is improved to use less power. Desktop users care too as lower power use means quieter systems. Laptop users like their batteries to last longer.

So on these requirements, there is plenty of agreement between Server and Desktop users.

A few years ago there was some debate about the value of SMP support for desktop users. After all 99.99% of home users had a single cpu. Today with dual-core and quad-core cpus the majority of desktops and laptop users need SMP. Same for HIGHMEM ... only big servers had more than 1GByte of memory, so why would desktop Linux users want the Linux source bloated with support for a feature that a tiny minority of Desktop users would need. Now 4GB of memory cost < $50. So there is some temporal disconnect about the value of some features. But on the whole the Desktop users should be happy that the Server users are paying people to add these features to Linux now as many of them will be coming to the Desktop in the not-so-distant future.

Can someone tell me what the Server users are doing to Linux that is detrimental to the Desktop users?


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